Saturday, May 13, 2006

USA/Mexico & Iraq/Kuwait

Today is 13 May 2006.

As early as 1811, John Quincy Adams, later President, expressed the essence of what came to be known as "Manifest Destiny": The whole continent of North America appears to be destined by Divine Providence to be peopled by one nation, speaking one language, professing one general system of religious and political principles, and accustomed to one general tenor of social usages and customs. For the common happiness of them all, for their peace and prosperity, I believe it is indispensable that they should be associated in one federal Union.

(As Secretary of State, Adams later helped President James Monroe formulate the infamous "Monroe Doctrine," which warned continental European powers not to meddle in the Western Hemisphere, which was reserved for United States Empire (USE) hegemony. Or, as the Monroe Doctrine may be expressed in contemporary slang: "The bitch is mine.")

This vicious megalomania conveniently ignored the fact that "the whole continent of North America" was already peopled by many nations, which would have to be liquidated or exterminated, in order for the USE to extend from "sea to shining sea." Not a problem.

"They have it, we want it, we're stronger, we'll take it." (From a lapel button in your author's collection.)

(At the moment, this murderous megalomania is embodied in W. Bush's fantasies of bringing the entire world to heel according to the Mission of the USE to spread "freedom and democracy" over the entire world, like a shroud. (Ask the people of Afghanistan and Iraq.)

In 1835, pro-slavery Americans who had settled in northern Mexico, including what is now “Texas”, who had sworn allegiance to their adopted country of Mexico, traitorously revolted and proclaimed the “Republic of Texas.” By force of arms, they made their treason stick. “Texas” was absorbed into the USE in 1845.

On this date in 1846, the Congress of the USE declared war against Mexico, with the purpose of conquest. (The war was opposed by persons as varied as Henry David Thoreau and Abraham Lincoln.)

The USE of course vanquished Mexico. The treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, signed on 2 February 1848, ratified the USE conquest of what is now California, Nevada, Utah, and parts of Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and Wyoming.

The reader’s attention is directed to the corresponding attempt of Ba’athist Iraq to conquer Kuwait.


A fine irony of history. Also on this date, in 1933, Nelson Rockefeller caused the destruction of a mural(by Mexican artist Diego Rivera) at the RCA Building in Rockefeller Center in Manhattan. Titled Man at the Crossroads, it included a portrait of Lenin.

Who says the ruling class don’t learn from repeating history?


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